Radel sworn in as congressman, hopes for 'a new era of working together'

From left, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, Amy Wegmann Radel,  Jude Radel, and Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., pose during Cartwright's ceremonial swearing-in in the Capitol on Thursday, January 3, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark)

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From left, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, Amy Wegmann Radel, Jude Radel, and Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., pose during Cartwright's ceremonial swearing-in in the Capitol on Thursday, January 3, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark)

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— After years of talking politics, it's time for one Southwest Florida radio personality turned politician to get to work.

Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fort Myers, was one of 82 U.S. House of Representatives freshmen who took the oath of office when the 113th Congress was sworn-in Thursday.

"As I raised my right hand and was sworn-in, not only did the history of our great country race through my mind, but also all of the many faces and people of Southwest Florida that I've been so close with over the years," Radel said Thursday. "I'm so humbled, especially today, to be here with the support from one of the greatest places on earth and I look forward to serving."

Radel, 36, a popular conservative radio personality and Fort Myers entrepreneur, won the November election with more than 62 percent of the vote.

The Fort Myers Republican fills the seat former Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers, vacated when he decided last year to run for Senate.Radel was at the ceremony that included speeches from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio. He also took part Thursday in the vote to re-elect Boehner, and while Radel said that moment was exciting, he said he understands most votes won't be so symbolic.

"I don't take lightly the responsibility of this," he said. "At the end of the day, I'll be making decisions that will affect millions of individuals, of business owners and (members of the military)."

Radel has moved in to his office on the first floor of the Longworth House Office Building. He said it was surreal to walk into his office and see his name on the wall.

Six other new members from Florida were sworn into office Thursday; two Republicans and four Democrats.

Radel said he's ready to get to work and is hopeful Congress will be able to work together in the coming months.

"I hope that it's a start to hopefully a new era of working together and being able to have a fresh start," he said.

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ed34145 writes:

Let's hope his idea of working together is really working together and not "my way or nothing". Time will tell.

WizeOlMarco writes:

Radel's radio career as a hate radio monger suggests...? Radel's 1st post election action was to revise his financial statement. You fill in the blank.

RayPray writes:

"a new era of working together"

If your goal is to function as a dishonest statist & work together with the OBAMA Pelosi Reid gang in their dream to Hellenize the country into the Food Stamp Disability nation it is almost now, then why two years from now should anyone vote to re-elect you rather than pick instead some honest liberal?

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